Former Finance, External Affairs Minister, India
• Former Finance, External Affairs Minister of India;
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Surface Transport;
• Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Bihar Government;
• First Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Embassy, Bonn, Germany (1971-1973);
• Consul General of India in Frankfurt (1973-1974);
• Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India;
• Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960; and
• Political Science Professor at Patna University (1958-1960).
Patna University (Masters Degree in Political Science, 1958).
Brazil gives go-ahead to 31 solar parks in push for new energy
Reuters: Brazil finally entered the solar power sector on Friday, granting contracts for the construction of 31 solar parks as it tries to diversify its sources of generation amid an energy crisis caused by the worst drought in eight decades.
Brazil's energy regulator, Aneel, concluded its first exclusive solar power auction on Friday, clinching 20-year energy supply contracts with companies that will invest 4.14 billion reais ($1.67 billion) and start to feed the national grid in 2017.
The 31 solar...
Amazon rainforest losing ability to regulate climate, scientist warns
Guardian: The Amazon rainforest has degraded to the point where it is losing its ability to benignly regulate weather systems, according to a stark new warning from one of Brazil?s leading scientists.
In a new report, Antonio Nobre, researcher in the government?s space institute, Earth System Science Centre, says the logging and burning of the world?s greatest forest might be connected to worsening droughts ? such as the one currently plaguing São Paulo ? and is likely to lead eventually to more extreme...
EPA: Climate change can?t be stopped, prepare for wildfires, hurricanes, rising seas
Blaze: The Environmental Protection Agency released a grim report Friday that said it must start planning for the worst possible effects of climate change, and predicted a future world filled with rising sea levels, raging wildfires and more severe storms.
All of these factors will combine to create droughts, expose humans to dangerous chemicals and create other conditions that will put the human race at risk.
The EPA says climate change can`t be stopped, and is preparing for the worst.
Danger: irreversible climate-change forces at work
Telegraph: Campaigners against global warming and their bitterest opponents are united by one word this weekend: irreversible.
It appears 48 times in the draft of the most important report so far on climate change, being finalised today in Copenhagen, signifying that unless the world takes speedy action to curb emissions of greenhouse gases their dire effect will last for thousands of years, at least.
Reversal also motivates a growing number of sceptics calling for repeal of Britain's Climate Change Act...
Our Ozone Hole is Still Shrinking, Says NASA
Nature World: There's a big hole in our ozone right over the Antarctic right now, and it's slightly bigger than last year. However, according to NASA data, this hole is still significantly smaller than it was a decade ago and is likely going to keep shrinking.
The ozone layer is an exceptionally important part of the Earth's atmosphere that shields life from potentially harmful ultraviolet radiation that can cause skin cancer and damage plants. Not too long ago, it was discovered that there are a number of...
UN report: Climate change has permanently ruined farmland the size of France
Independent: There may be those who feel the apocalyptic plot of the new Hollywood film Interstellar seems a bit far-fetched, with humans forced to look for an alternative planet because this world can no longer feed them.
But it has been given credence by a new United Nations report that has found that the destruction of the environment has left an area of farmland the size of France useless for growing crops.
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UN warns of irreversible climate change
Deutsche-Welle: Governments and scientists have been meeting in the Danish capital Copenhagen this week to adopt a key IPCC report on the state of the climate. It says policymakers must act now to avert the worst.
Climate change may have "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems." But there is still time to prevent the worst by reducing greenhouse gas emissions now.
That is the message from a report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to be published on November...
Why Republicans Keep Telling Everyone Not Scientists
New York Times: Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, a Republican who is fighting a Democratic challenge from former Gov. Charlie Crist, was asked by The Miami Herald if he believes climate change is significantly affecting the weather. ?Well, I?m not a scientist,? he said.
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who is locked in a tight re-election race, was asked this month by The Cincinnati Enquirer if he believes that climate change is a problem. ?I?m not a scientist,? he said.
House Speaker John A. Boehner, when...